Keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
Last updated: 24/09/2020
At Nightingale Hospital, the health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority.
The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has presented significant challenges for us all. In response to these, Nightingale Hospital has implemented many safety measures in line with government advice.
All of the COVID-19 safety measures have been implemented with the singular intention of keeping our patients and staff healthy and protected.
These robust measures are monitored daily and revised as required.
Virtual consultations and therapy sessions
Attending the hospital for an outpatient consultation with a psychiatrist or therapy session
You will receive a health screening email in advance of your appointment.
You are required to wear a mask or face covering when arriving at the hospital. In addition, you will be temperature screened upon arrival.
During face-to-face appointments, your consultant psychiatrist or therapist may wear a face mask or face visor.
A mutual decision will be made as to whether you should wear a mask during your consultation.
We have over 30 hand sanitiser dispensers placed on walls throughout the hospital, including at all of our reception points. We encourage you to use these at all times.
COVID-19 screening for inpatients
Prior to admission, you will need to complete a health declaration questionnaire.
You will have to confirm you have been symptom-free of COVID-19 for a minimum of seven days prior to your admission date.
Upon admission, you will be tested for COVID-19. You must self-isolate until the test result is returned. This can take up to 48 hours.
The hospital has a COVID-19 isolation ward for patients who display symptoms or who test positive for the virus. This isolation ward is a protective measure and has not been used for more than three months.
A thorough COVID-19 risk assessment has been completed in all areas of the hospital. As a result, we are re-introducing a small number of face-to-face group therapy sessions, where space and safety permits. You will be required to wear PPE and sanitise your hands before attending these face-to-face therapy sessions.
Social distancing is actively monitored and all rooms throughout the hospital have been assessed for the maximum number of people allowed at any one time. This information is clearly signposted outside of each room door.
Aside from participating in safe face-to-face therapy groups, the hospital continues to encourage social distancing (1 metre +), as per current government guidelines.
Enhanced hygiene measures
Throughout the entire hospital, enhanced hygiene and infection control measures have been introduced.
Our housekeeping team has maintained the highest level of infection control and sanitation throughout the entire hospital.
All outpatient consulting rooms are sanitised between appointments. A strict cleaning rota is in place to ensure that all wards and communal areas are rigorously cleaned.
Dining: The hospital restaurant is open to inpatients for breakfast, lunch and dinner and an extensive menu including hot dishes, fresh salads and side options is still available.
For hygiene reasons, the self-serve option has been removed. A member of the catering team will serve all items of your choice.
Gymnasium: A frequent cleaning schedule is in place.
Visiting at the hospital
Due to the recent government announcement concerning the significant increase in COVID-19
cases, and the consequent elevation of risk, the hospital has decided to fully suspend patient
visiting. The only exemptions will be in exceptional cases based on clinical need and will require full
Ongoing monitoring of the evolving situation
This is a dynamic situation, therefore we will continue to monitor government advice daily and respond accordingly.
We would like to assure you that we are following the best practices in order to keep our patients and staff healthy and protected.
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